Showing posts with label Fun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fun. Show all posts

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Project 365: Days 146 - 152


Day 146: Trains - We spent the day at my in-laws and the weather was so nice that we were able to sit outside for most of the day.  O spent ages playing with the Thomas train track.

Day 147: Pirate Day - we went to Tredegar House for a pirate day and to start our 50 Things adventures.  It was an amazing day and we had lots of fun.

Day 148: Fireman Sam - It rained constantly all day so I decided to get my cleaning and ironing done.  I didn't manage to take a photo until bedtime but I was glad as O decided to wear his Fireman Sam sleepsuit and he looked so cute.

Day 149: Cheese! - O loves having his photo taken at the moment and insists on me taking lots on my phone.  He also tries to take photos of me but they don't turn out so well.

Day 150: Board games - The boys got their games box out and it was great to see them playing together.  It was even nicer to see them playing these traditional games rather than being glued to a games console.

Day 151: Our visitor - Sonic's stay has been extended and we have him until the weekend.  We have to be very careful when we let him out of his hutch as he makes a beeline for all the fruit and veg that I've planted.  He does love to dig!

Day 152: Park fun - we went for a walk in our local park and the boys enjoyed running and jumping around before we stopped to have an ice-cream and look at the ducks.

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The start of our 50 Things journey

National Trust Wales  recently asked if we would like to get involved with a campaign called 50 things to do before you're 11¾  and I jumped at the chance as I thought it would give us ideas for things to do and motivate me to write about them.  After scouring the National Trust website I found the perfect place to start.  Tredegar House were holding a Pirate Day on bank holiday Monday, which I knew my boys would love, and it would give us a chance to find out more about what's involved.

So, armed with one pirate and two children, we went to find some treasure.



We'd never been to Tredegar House before and we were amazed at how beautiful it is.  It's a fabulous 17th Century mansion with amazing grounds that we couldn't wait to explore.  We were greeted by pirates on the way in and the boys were given questions to complete for the treasure hunt.  We were very excited to see all the games that were going on in the grounds, and even more pleased to see that there was a little bit of treasure (chocolate coins) for any game that they won.  Even Ollie got involved and the staff kindly gave him a coin for his efforts.  The weather was lovely and it was very relaxing watching the boys run around playing games in beautiful surroundings.  

Next we went on to the orchard where there were some 50 Things activities running.  We'd already picked up our scrapbook so we were ready to start filling them with stickers.  The boys decided to build a den and a member of staff showed them how to use all the branches that had been gathered locally to build a shelter in the wild.  They really enjoyed all the hard work and were rewarded with this fantastic den for their efforts. I think they'll be asking to build one in the garden when we get home though I might have to find a tree first.  It was great to watch them working together to get this finished.  They listened to the staff member, which was unusual enough, but the help and support they showed each other almost brought a tear to my eye.  After all, I'm more used to breaking up their fights.
    

Then on to the next activity which was plant it, grow it, eat it.  We're actually doing this at home at the moment but the boys wanted to grow some cress and get their sticker so it was more official in their scrapbook (obviously their mum and dad signing it off just isn't good enough).


Two activities completed and it was back to pirate fun.  They walked the plank while their father tried to soak them with wet sponges, but they soon got their own back.  They made their dad walk the plank and by the time he'd finished he was wetter than the three boys put together.  They were throwing the sponges at point blank range.  I stayed a safe distance away, making the excuse that I couldn't get my camera wet!



After playing every game, and eating as many chocolate coins as possible, we found Captain Morgan's treasure.  It was safely tucked away at the bottom of a tree and the boys were able to complete the treasure hunt questions.

Next it was time to explore the amazing house.  We went inside and gazed around us in wonder at the extravagantly designed rooms.  The room guides were fantastic and explained all about the history of the house.  I had been worried about taking the boys inside as they do like to run around but I needn't have worried.  My oldest became engrossed in a talk about the house, and my youngest two were fascinated with everything that was to be seen.  

The dining room was dressed with a table laden with food; then in another room there was a dressing up box and old fashioned games that we could actually sit and play.  This was no stuffy museum with nothing to touch.  There really was something for everyone.


After a thorough exploration we headed out into the courtyard where there were yet more games for the boys.  They had more chocolate coins and played in the pirate ship before going to make some pirate hats which was great fun.

Pirate Zac

Total concentration

Isn't this the best pirate hat you've ever seen?

We had a totally enjoyable day.  Our 50 Things adventures have started, we have played and had lots of fun, and learnt a little bit about our local history.  What more could we ask for?

And the icing on the cake was.......


A perfect end to a perfect day.


A few more photos from our day

All that's left do do know is decide which activity on the 50 Things list we should do next.  Maybe we'll make a mud pie, skim a stone, or even build a raft.  The possibilities are endless.

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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Project 365: Days 139 - 145



Day 139: Playing catch - we spent the day in the Country Park and had a fantastic day.  The boys paddled in the stream with their trainers on so we decided to let them dry out a bit while the boys played a game of catch.

Day 140: Sleepy boy - I worked today so only got a chance to take a photo of my sleeping boy.  What the photo doesn't show is all the trains that he's lined up on his pillow so that he has to sleep halfway down the bed.

Day 141: Cake - I finished work early today so decided to make a lemon drizzle cake.  I probably shouldn't have as I'm trying to cut down on all the junk food and this really isn't the way to go about it.

Day 142: Baby's day out - back to the Country Park for me and O.  It was a beautiful day and he loved playing in the sand pit with his friends.  We all had great fun.

Day 143: Toys - we got the Happlyland toys out today as the weather wasn't so good.  My favourite is the funfair.

Day 144: Bunny - my parents went on holiday so I got a little visitor for the weekend.  This is Sonic the Rabbit.  He is so cute!

Day 145: Climbing trees - there was a festival at our local park so we went down for the day.  It was fantastic.  There was live music and a funfair.  I went on one of the rides with the oldest two and it was great.  They sat on the grass and ate candy floss before going to look for squirrels and climb trees.  We even got to watch Ragsy )from The Voice) sing live.

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Project 365: Days 111 - 117




Day 111: New bed - my little one is asleep in his new bed but it hasn't been easy.  He keeps going back into my bed any chance he gets.  I'm sure we'll get there but it could be a difficult week.  Wish me luck.

Day 112: Spring cleaning - I've been sent a steam cleaner to review and I'm strangely excited at the prospect.  Is that wrong?

Day 113: Having fun - I got up to find my three boys playing and looking at books in our new mini library (how posh am I?)  It was a lovely sight to see them all smiling and laughing,

Day 114: For sale - I'm trying to make a bit of extra cash by eBaying anything I can.  The only downside is having a bedroom full of bags of items for sale.

Day 115: Colouring - my middle and youngest boys decided to do a bit of colouring today.  The only problem was that my youngest decided to colour himself in too.  

Day 116: Smiles - but unfortunately this was quickly followed by tears as my little one developed a really bad cough which I think is croup.  He was really poorly and I was up with him for most of the night.  I hope he gets well soon.

Day 117: Gardening - we did some planting today; the boys planted sunflower, pumpkin and sweetcorn seeds that we were sent to review.  They really enjoyed themselves and can't wait to do some more.


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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Project 365: Days 69 - 75




Day 69: A family get together - As it was mother's Day we all went to my sisters for food.  The boys had great fun playing with their cousins and I enjoyed a good chat with my mother and sisters.  O decided that he wanted to try on some 3D glasses and was delighted when everyone laughed at him.  He is quite the little joker.

Day 70: Jigsaw marathon - I got home from work to find that the boys had filled the floor with jigsaws. They had a lovely time putting together as many jigsaws as they could find, but what I loved was that they worked together really well.  Hardly any fighting, crying or screaming for once.

Day 71: Hungry Hippos - I've been to work today but managed to catch this photo of the three boys playing Hungry Hippos.  I love it when they play games together.

Day 72: Flower - My Mothers Day flowers are still going well.  I'm going to try to learn how to take the perfect shot of a flower.  That's my mission for the next few weeks.

Day 73: Swings - O managed to talk me into taking him to the park after the school run even though it was freezing.  It was great to see him running around and getting some fresh air, and he particularly loved the swing.  

Day 74: Finger painting - O asked to do some painting this morning so we got the finger paints out and covered the floor.  I enjoyed getting mucky and dabbing paint everywhere; including all over himself.  We now have a series of dots over numerous pieces of paper :-)

Day 75: Snow! - It wasn't forecast but we've just had a really heavy downfall of snow.  It's all white outside.  It looks very pretty but I'm starting to get desperate for some warmer weather.  Will I ever be able to get my sandals out from the back of the wardrobe?


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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Project 365: Days 27 - 33

After all the snow of last week, we have had a week of gale force winds and heavy rain so most of the week has been spent indoors.  We made the most of it by playing lots of games.  On the one fine day that we had we escaped to the park, but only for an hour before it started raining again.  Here's week 5 of Project 365.


Day 27: Family ten pin bowling
Day 28: There's an attack on the castle!
Day 29: Playing games on a rainy day
Day 30: More rain, more games, more fun
Day 31: Nothing better than building blocks
Day 32: The only rain-free day this week so we went to the park
Day 33: Dressed up for a birthday party (and happy that there's cake!)

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Friday, 25 January 2013

Snow Days

It's Day 8 of snow here.  The children love it and don't want it to go, but I'm getting quite sick of it now.  I dread doing the school run as there's nowhere to park due to piles of snow everywhere, and the postman hasn't made it into my street for a week!
View from my window
The great thing about it is seeing the children have so much fun.  I've been looking through my photos from the last week and love to see the children so rosy cheeked and smiling.

All smiles
The long walk back up the hill





















The only disappointment is that I don't seem to have any of my oldest.  He just races off and is too fast for me.  I'll try to catch him before the snow disappears.  He did build this fabulous snowman though.  Hubby finished it off with some Lego pieces, a bucket, cones and a toy golf club!  Strangest looking snowman I've ever seen.

Our Lego snowman
My youngest wasn't too keen on the snow; in fact, he refused to go out for the first few days but curiosity finally got the better of him and so here he is taking a few precarious steps in the snow outside the house while his big brother helps to clear some snow from the driveway.
Little one finally made it out in the snow
Big brother helping to clear the snow
Yet another snowman

Whatever I think of the snow it is very pretty.  I took this photo of my neighbours tree because I love the way it looks all covered in snow.



Did you get any snow where you are?  Are you still enjoying it, or will you be glad to see the back of it?  I've never been more desperate for it to rain (don't tell my boys I said that!)

I'm linking this post up with Country Kids over at Coombe Mill
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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Coombe Mill - part 2

One of the best bits of staying at Coombe Mill was the feed run every morning which my boys thoroughly enjoyed.  But the is more to Coombe Mill than the animals.

On our first night there we went for a wander around the grounds and the children were delighted to find this fantastic play area.  There was a pirate ship and a trampoline and lots of muddy puddles for the little one to jump in (though these are weather dependant!)  It was hard to get the children out of there but as it was getting late, and we were all starving I bribed them with chocolate appealed to their better nature to get them to come back to out fabulous Scandinavian Lodge.

Ship Ahoy!
The Scandinavian Lodges are amazing.  The one we stayed in could sleep up to seven people so there was lots of room.    The living/kitchen/dining area was open plan and the full ceiling height made it even more spacious.  It was like a home from home as the kitchen was fully equipped with every appliance including a washing machine and tumble dryer, making those wet, muddy days so much easier and I could throw it all in the wash.  

The decking outside our lodge
Popping into reception was great as there were lots of things there to borrow or buy.  From bread and milk to homemade meals and desserts to buy.  Wellies, potties, games to borrow.  There's no need to pack your car with everything your little one needs as most of it is available to borrow on a first come first served basis.

I mentioned one of the play areas earlier; well that's not the only one.  There was another outdoor play area right next to our lodge.  The children would go racing off to it at any opportunity.  My oldest just loved the zip wire and the younger two loved the swings and climbing frame.  There's a baby swing here too which my little one thoroughly enjoyed.







If the weather is really bad there is an indoor play area.  We did have a look but never used it as, even though we stayed in October, the weather wasn't too bad, and even if it was raining the kids didn't care and would be outside playing with their waterproofs on.



We had lots of fun at Coombe Mill but we did spend some time exploring the surrounding areas.  It took us a while to get used to the narrow country lanes (though I do think that some of them could have been avoided if we hadn't followed our sat nav!), but we found some absolutely beautiful areas.  From Port Isaac on a drizzly day......














To the amazing Polzeath beach.  Who would have thought that it's October!!  The children adored it here.

 We also found a lovely little model railway museum and my train obsessed 2 year old can't believe his eyes.

We ended our week with a visit to Padstow for fish and chips, followed by ice-cream.  


Rain or shine, there is so much to do whether you stay on the farm, or go exploring.  This was my first visit to  Cornwall (and Coombe Mill) but it certainly won't be my last.
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Monday, 15 October 2012

Our holiday at Coombe Mill - the animals

What seems like only weeks ago, I entered a competition over at Coombe Mill to win a weeks holiday with them and to my utter amazement, I won!  It couldn't have come at a better time as finances have been a bit tight this year and we'd decided not to have a family holiday.  Even more amazing was that this year I had really wanted to go to Cornwall as it's somewhere I've never been.

I had already chatted to Fiona, the lovely owner of Coombe Mill on Twitter and knew that my family would love it there.  I wasn't wrong.

We arrived late on the Saturday afternoon, and after a quick look around our fabulous Scandinavian lodge, we set off to find the animals.  We were greeted by some ducks who decided to accompany us on our walk, much to the delight of the children.  We then came across these fine fellows who are obviously used to being fed by visitors.  We felt very guilty at being empty handed and promised to return the following day, bearing gifts.


The next morning we were all up bright and early to go on the first feed run of the week.  I don't know who was more excited, me or the boys!  Farmer Ted arrived on the tractor and the boys couldn't believe it when he asked who wanted to drive!!.  Needless to say, Zac and Ethan couldn't wait to have a go.  We were very lucky that there were only a few children there and so every child got to have a go at driving each morning.

Here's some of my favourite photos from the feed runs


I took over 250 photos throughout the week and it is so hard to choose just a few, especially as the animals were so photogenic.


I enjoyed the feed runs just as much as the children, even with a wilful 2 year old to look after....
The pout
In the 90 minutes that we spent on the feed run, there would be numerous mini strops due to the little one not being able to do what his big brothers were doing.  He wanted to go in with the pigs, chase the ducks, feed the donkeys (he did try this but couldn't quite grasp the concept of keeping his hand flat).  He also tried to feed the chickens but the poor things ended up covered in food as he just threw it over them.  He loved it though, and started saying all the names of the animals, which is amazing as he hasn't said that much up to now.  His favourite word at the moment is 'duck'.

There was one other thing that the children loved to do every morning.  They were determined that they would be able to get the sword out of the stone!
The Sword in the Stone
I've decided that it's impossible to write about our fabulous stay at Combe Mill in one post, so watch out for the next instalment.  I've developed an innate love for this beautiful place and Cornwall as a whole and can't wait to go back.

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Thursday, 9 August 2012

One of those days

I've had a bit of a shitty day today due to my shopping arrive more than an hour and a half late resulting in me being two hours late for my lunch with my friends, then I had really bad toothache this afternoon and there wasn't a single painkiller in the house.  Combine this with the boys not listening to a single word I said and I can safely say that it's been 'one of those days.

For this reason I've decided to spend the rest of my evening eating junk food and watching reality TV to cheer myself up but I knew I had to write a post first to make sure I get my new shoes at he end of the month.  So for today I'm going to post my favourite photos from the day.  Because even with everything that went wrong, the boys still had fun.